Jodhpur the second largest city of Rajasthan has been set at the edge of Thar Desert and thus called a 'Gateway to Thar Desert'. It is been located at the foothills of a sandstone hillock and is one of the most distinctive and favorite destinations among tourists. Jodhpur serves the best stand as a living proof to Rajasthan's splendor, royalty, vigor, its tradition and culture. The sun shines throughout the year in this city therefore it has been named as 'the sun city'.
This imperial city was established in 1459 A.D. by the chief of Rathore clan- Rao Jodha and was once been a capital of Mewar state. The glory of the state is personified through its magnificently built forts and palaces. Jodhpur is internationally famed for its architectural excellence and its historical grandeur. It accommodates some of the best ancient architectural works, historically significant places, gracefully detailed temples and much more.
One such fascinating place is Mehrangarh fort, this massive 15th century old structure emerging on the top of a rocky mountain gliding 125Mts above the plains. Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Pool Mahal and Zenana Deodi are included in this fort being the major features of it with this the fort also comprises a Mehrangarh fort museum with a gallery that accommodates a huge collection of beautiful palanquins, fine arts, weaponry with the Turban gallery, the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum and the Government Museum in the Umed Garden are yet another places to witness such antique and ancient items. The city is encircled by a high wall and around 10km long comprising 8 gates and myriad of citadels.
While exploring the Sun City one should not forget to visit the Chokelao garden and Rao Jodha garden which provides a wonderful beauty and serene atmosphere and moreover the Brahmpuri place, the bluest part of Rajasthan, comprising magnificently built houses all painted with blue color enabling us to endure a charismatic view. Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Khejarla Fort and Mandore are some other historic yet fascinating sites which attract the visitors.
Jodhpur is not only famed for its glory and valor but is also famous for its fairs and festivities too which adds on this city's charm and colour. The place gets alive through these festivals one such festival is the Marwar festival. This annually held festival is well known for bringing up the excitement to another level of the locals as well as people all around the country and world. The atmosphere of celebration and mood which this festival provides is incomparable. The bazaars are decorated at their best featuring a variety of colourful stalls having antiques, carpets, embroidery work, hand dyed textiles, lacquer ware, marble inlay work, puppets, antique silver jewelry and much more. Vibrant events are being organized including folk dance and music performances, magic shows, puppet shows, etc. providing the best of festive spirit that India offers. The rich culture of this city is visible through the colourful and bright attires of the locals, their handicrafts, folk culture which is reflected in the music and dance and the people of this place are very friendly and always offer warm hospitality to its visitors.